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Thermalright have been on a spree since last year, releasing an assortment of different coolers to meet a wide range of applications and needs. They started last year by releasing the Venomous X after a lengthy dry spell during which their Ultra Extreme reigned supreme as their flagship cooler. The Venomous X was an immediate success coming close to even matching the almighty Noctua NH-D14 but this was not enough for a company were getting cosy as market leaders. Half a year later, Thermalright showcased two new innovations in the form of their dual tower Silver Arrow and the HR-02 for passive operation. Both were evolutions of previous concepts which Thermalright had taken and tuned to accommodate the heat generated by overclocked CPUs. Both proved to be highly efficient in noise and cooling performance, the Silver Arrow more so thanks to its dual radiator design.

But performance came at the price of space and the growing popularity of memory modules with tall heat spreaders meant that consumers had to compromise on their heatsink choice. This is where Thermalright come in with their latest cooler, the Archon. As the name suggests, the cooler is designed to rule over the competition but the question is; how do they aim to achieve this? The Archon is very unique on many levels, unlike other Thermalright heatsinks, it has been designed from the grounds up without previous iterations to inspire them. Its main goal is to deliver the same performance we have become accustomed to from other Thermalright offerings without conflicting against adjacent memory modules regardless of their size. The end result is a narrow heatsink shape compensated by its greater height to create more surface area than the Venomous X.


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So a heat sink made for memory modules with funky, protuding heat sinks was not photographed as such to illustrate.
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So a heat sink made for memory modules with funky, protuding heat sinks was not photographed as such to illustrate.
Huh?

Surely you can judge from that:



I'm just shocked it doesn't beat the VX
Edited by Coolking23 - 4/13/11 at 6:52am
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I never understood why they didn't just take the array and shift it over towards the I/O panel. I guess it would be a task to bend the heatpipes though.
 
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the more bends you have in the heatpipes the less effective thermal performance... as i understand, i read it somewhere
    
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Huh?

Surely you can judge from that:



I'm just shocked it doesn't beat the VX
If a product is touted as doing something, it ought to be looked at in more detail. I also didn't see anywhere where it was explored what cases would even fit this cooler. I was commenting on the poor editing/writing of the article on this particular facet of the cooler more than anything.
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I never understood why they didn't just take the array and shift it over towards the I/O panel. I guess it would be a task to bend the heatpipes though.
The HR-02 does that doesn't it: http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coo...ht-hr02_2.html.

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If a product is touted as doing something, it ought to be looked at in more detail. I also didn't see anywhere where it was explored what cases would even fit this cooler. I was commenting on the poor editing/writing of the article on this particular facet of the cooler more than anything.
I imagine the reviewer can't exactly go inspect every single case on the market to check which will fit. I would have thought people interested in buying the cooler can check themselves. Or perhaps Thermalright themselves can look into it... Still common sense goes a long way...
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The HR-02 does that doesn't it: http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coo...ht-hr02_2.html.



I imagine the reviewer can't exactly go inspect every single case on the market to check which will fit. I would have thought people interested in buying the cooler can check themselves. Or perhaps Thermalright themselves can look into it... Still common sense goes a long way...
Common sense would have put that information in the article. That's the point of a review. It's not worth arguing over; I just saw the lack of that information and commented on it.
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I'd feel sorry for the reviewer lol
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This thing has been on TR's website forever. Finally a review!
 
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